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Great Googely Moogely, We're Thankful!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 11/24/14.

Just a quick post, this Thanksgiving week, to express a sincere and heartfelt "thank you" to everyone who has participated at the Arts Center and supported the Arts Foundation over the last 8 1/2 years. Through and with and among you all, God has been good. Sincerely, thanks.

Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise! Give thanks to Him and bless His name for the Lord is good. His loving kindness is everlasting and His faithfulness to all generations. - Psalm 100

P.S. Don't forget, we're closed the entire week for Thanksgiving. We'll see you after the break, on December 1st.

New: Online Payments Available... Online.
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 11/17/14.

Over fall break, we added a new payment option at Trinity Arts Center; the ability to pay online, using any major credit card. We've always accepted credit cards, checks, and cash (we've even bartered a couple times), but we're hoping this new option will make it easier for everyone to see their open invoices and pay tuition quickly and easily, any time, night or day.

The new invoices will be sent via email, allowing you to click on the "View Invoice Now" button or "Pay Online" link to view the invoice online, settle up with a credit card or bank transfer, or print them for future payment. We hope this new option makes life a bit easier for you, and takes one more to-do item off your list (we've all got enough driving to do already, right). Some of you will see those for the first time in December, before the Christmas break. A handful will see those this week, for some past-due invoices that we're getting caught up on. Either way, thanks for responding to those quickly. We appreciate it.

Reservations For Our Annual Father/Daughter Dance!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 11/17/14.

There's no better role for a man to play than daddy, and there's no better opportunity to create memories with your daughter than at Trinity Arts Center's fourth annual Father/Daughter dance! Save the date, and make your reservation fast, before tickets are sold out (they sell out every year).

Our annual Father/Daughter Dance is an elegant night of dining and dancing, with all proceeds going to the Trinity Arts Foundation's Arts Give Back program, awarding grants to local art and music teachers doing good work in our community. Come dance the night away and make great memories with your daughters, friends, and fellow fathers. It will be a night to remember!

Dinner will include a gourmet entre, fresh salad, warm bread, mouth-watering dessert, and a variety of drinks. Attire is formal (anything from slacks and a button-down to full-blown tux), as we'll spend the evening dancing under the lights at The Venue, in downtown Johnson City, on Saturday, February 14th from 6:00-9:30. Tickets are $20 each. Call or email early to reserve your place and provide your meal preferences. We'll see you there!

Live Video Feeds For Early Childhood Dance Classes!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 11/17/14.

This year, we've upgraded our early childhood classroom with a secure, online video feed that can be accessed during your child's class times via smartphone, tablet, or personal computer. It's a great way to see how they're doing, or allow a non-local family member to get a peek at them in the classroom (you can even zoom in).

The video feeds are only available to those who we invite to participate (parents or grandparents of active students in each class). Getting started is easy. Just download the Dropcam app on your smart phone ( Apple | Android ), set up your account, and request an invitation from the front desk.

Tickets For God With Us Are Available Today!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 11/10/14.

Tickets for the 9th annual performance of "God With Us", our original, full-length ballet retelling the story of Christmas, are available today! Make "God With Us" a part of your family's Christmas tradition and join us on Saturday, December 20th at 1:00 or 5:00 in Seeger Chapel on the Milligan College campus.

Parents & Students: Visit the production page for complete information about casts, costumes, rehearsal times, performances, parent volunteers, and more. Order tickets online at

Purchase tickets for God With Us.

Support Us Through!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 11/10/14.

For those of you who shop on, they've just made it super-easy to support the arts every time you shop. Just visit, select the Trinity Arts Foundation as your preferred charity, and shop away. It's a great way to give back!

Speaking of giving back, thanks to all of you who have supported the Trinity Arts Center and the Trinity Arts Foundation for the past nine years. We'll eclipse the $70,000 mark for this year's scholarships and grants (well over $300,000 in our first 8 1/2 years), and we are looking to do much more in 2015. We are super proud of the work that our teachers and students are doing in our community. We know it changes lives and we really appreciate your ongoing support.

P.S. Please keep us on your short list for charitable giving this year. We have HUGE plans for 2015, and we could really use your help. Thanks!

Tuition Is Due For The Second Quarter!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 10/12/14.

For those of you who pay for your dance, music, art, or sign language classes by quarter, tuition is due this week. Please stop by or call in with your payment. We accept cash, checks, and cards, both in person and over the phone.

Thanks for getting those in on time. It really helps!

God With Us Is Saturday, December 20th!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 10/12/14.

Save the date for the 9th annual performance of God With Us on Saturday, December 20th at 1:00 and 5:00 in Seeger Chapel on the Milligan College campus. Reserved seating goes on sale on November 10th. Order early to get the best seats!

Parents & Students: Visit the production page for complete information about casts, costumes, rehearsal times, performances, parent volunteers, and more. Order tickets online at

New Dance, Art, & ASL Classes!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 10/12/14.

Don't forget about our new art classes on Monday and Wednesday for all ages; new dance classes (3:00 Pre Ballet on Monday, Adult Ballet at 6:15 on Tuesday, Teen Jazz at 7:15 on Tuesday); and American Sign Language, starting this Friday at 3:15 (advanced), 4:15 (beginner), and 5:15 (intermediate).

Whatever you're looking for, chances are good that we have a place for you. Check out our class schedule, drop in for a free trial, and give your right-brain some room to grow. We'd love to see you!

We Are Closed For Fall Break!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 10/06/14.

Trinity Arts Center is closed this week for Fall Break. We'll be back for classes on October 13th. Have a great week off.

Our online calendar is always up-to-date if you have a question about when we're open or closed, or about upcoming recitals, tuition deadlines, or productions. Check it anytime you have a question. = ) We'll see you soon!

We Are Open For Labor Day!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 08/31/14.

We are open for Labor Day (although we won't hold it against you if you choose to sneak in a day at the lake or a family trip this weekend). By the way... We're always open for the single-day holidays, except for Thanksgiving (where we take the whole week off). Our other breaks (fall, Christmas, spring) line up with the Johnson City school schedule.

Our online calendar is always up-to-date if you have a question about when we're open or closed, or about upcoming recitals, tuition deadlines, or productions. We'll publish info about snow days in a couple months (we do our own thing there too). We'll see you soon!

American Sign Language Is Back!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 08/31/14.

On Friday, October 17th, we will re-start our American Sign Language classes, with three levels of instruction. Those familiar with MJ Light's interpretation know that she transforms this language into an incredible art form, full of expression and beauty. If learning ASL has been on your list, come try a class. We're pretty sure you'll dig it.

Classes will be offered every Friday at 3:15 (advanced), 4:15 (beginner), and 5:15 (intermediate). As with all of our classes, we encourage you to come try a free one. It's a great way to try new things without any commitment. Shoot us an email if you have questions, or to hold a spot. Thanks!

Hip-Hop Workshop w/ Misty Rasconsmith!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 08/04/14.
Valery Lantratov Ballet Intensive
LOCAL DANCERS: Misty Rasconsmith, hip-hopper extraordinaire and instructor/choreographer with Word In Motion Dance Company in Los Angeles, will be teaching a single hip-hop workshop on Wednesday, August 6th, from 6:30 to 8:30 PM.

Misty's resume is both impressive and diverse, having performed with music artists (Kirk Franklin, Christina Aguilera, Pink, LeCrae, Britney Spears, Snoop Dogg), commercial clients (Sunkist, Pepsi, Nike, Addidas, Best Buy); on television (Nickelodeon, How I Met Your Mother, Amercian Music Awards, Soul Train Awards, Latin Grammys), and with dance companies all over the U.S. and abroad.

Her extensive dance training (ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, salsa, hip hop), blended with her irresistible charisma and passion, results in a unique blend that is difficult to duplicate, and something you do not wan to miss. You can't contain the mane! (You'll understand that exclamation once you experience her hair.)

This workshops is open to our Level 4 students and up. Participation is $25 for the 2-hour workshop. We guarantee you'll leave feeling inspired! As always, students from other schools are welcome! Email or call to register.

Valery Lantratov Ballet Intensive
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 08/03/14.
Valery Lantratov Ballet Intensive
LOCAL DANCERS: Valery Lantratov, General Director of the Russian National Ballet Federation, will be teaching two ballet master classes on Friday, August 15th from 4:00-5:30 (intermediate) and 5:30-7:00 (advanced).

A graduate of the Moscow Academic Choreographic College, Lantratov was selected as a first soloist with the Moscow Stanislavski Ballet, dancing principal roles in ballets such as Don Quixote, Copellia, and Romeo & Juliet. Valery's credits include international performances with the Kremlin Ballet, and the Russian National Ballet Foundation, which he formed in 1993, being named "People s Artist of Russia" -- the Russian Federation's highest artistic honor.

Mr. Lantratov holds a teaching certificate from Russia's National Academy of Theatrical Arts and is currently touring via the Russian National Ballet Foundation, introducing international audiences to some of the finest classical works of Russia. To see a video of Mr. Lantratov in action, watch this video on You Tube.

The Intermediate class is for our Level 4 & 5 students. The Advanced class is for our Level 6 & 7. Participation is just $25 for the 90 minute workshop. Please take advantage of this very special opportunity to study from a Russian Master. Students from other schools are welcome! Email or call to register.

Classes Begin In One Week!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 07/28/14

With just one week until classes begin, we will be hosting early registration nights every day this week from 5:00-7:00. If you want to avoid the lines and minimize the barely controlled chaos of week one, stop by to register and pay tuition for this year's classes.

P.S. If you've already sent me an email, voicemail, or registration form, I'll be responding as soon as I can. I am working my way through my stack of forms and emails based on the date they were received, reserving classes and lesson times on a first-come first-served basis. Don't hesitate to call or email if you have questions or want to confirm. Thanks!

Weekly Art Classes On Monday & Wednesday!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 07/25/14.

Beginning August 4th, Jennifer Byrd will teach three levels of weekly art classes on Monday and Wednesday nights -- an elementary class for ages 6-8, a tween class for ages 9-12, and a teen class for ages 13 and up. Jennifer has done an amazing job with art workshops in the past and we're excited to offer this new, weekly option for the artists in our community. We can't wait to see what you create!

Elementary Art (Ages 6-8) will meet on Monday at 4:00 or Wednesday at 5:00. Tween Art (Ages 9-12) will meet on Monday at 5:00 or Wednesday at 4:00. Teen Arts (13+) will meet on Monday at 6:00 or Wednesday at 3:00. Tuition runs $145 per quarter, $270 per semester, or $500 per year and inclues all supplies. Call or email to hold your spot. In order to provide lots of hands-on instruction, space is very limited.

Classes Begin On August 4th!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 07/06/14 (revised 07/20/14)

With the new school year just two weeks away, it's time to lock up your class and lesson times for the fall. Drop in on Monday, July 21st from 5:00-8:00 (call or email any time) to reserve spots before the schedule starts filling up.

If you've already sent me an email, voicemail, or registration form, I'll be responding asap to confirm your spots (we just got back in town from vacation on Saturday). Don't hesitate to call or email if you have questions or want to confirm. Thanks!

P.S. We'll have one more early registration open house on on Monday, July 28th from 5:00-8:00. If you can't make this week, drop in next week.

School's Out For Summer!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 05/19/14.

School is out for the summer. However, we do have a few summer lesson times for piano, guitar, voice, violin, and drums if you'd like to keep the musical momentum rolling through the summer break. We also have our Summer Danve Intensive coming up in just a few weeks, and a few drop-in dance classes (which we'll announce soon). Have a great summer! We'll see you soon.

If you missed our early registration deadline, no worries. Your old lesson times may be gone, but you can shoot me email any time to hold class or lesson times for the next school year. We'll see you soon!

Summer Music Lessons!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 05/08/14.

Although the majority of our class schedule is suspended for the summmer break, several music teachers will be offering lessons through June and July this year. If you're intested in keeping the momentum going through the summer months, let me know.

To allow for extra flexibility in the summer months, we have three summer options: $102 for six weeks, $136 for eight weeks, or $170 for ten. Those weeks can be selected from any on the instructors's schedule, which leaves families room for vacations and pool time, but also allows you to keep the ball rolling on your student's progress through the summer months. Contact me for information about what teachers, days, and times are available.

P.S. We'll be offering drop-in dance classes over the summer as well, once we get past Princess Ballerina Camp and our Summer Dance Intensive. We'll follow up about that soon!

Our 2014-15 Early Registration Is Open!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 05/01/14.

Our 2014-15 schedule is set, and we are taking early registrations for students and parents who would like to carry over their existing lesson times into the 2014-15 school school year or grab preferred class times before they fill up. Whatever the case, you have until Friday, May 16th before the current schedule is purged and we start filling it back up for the fall.

MUSIC STUDENTS: You have until Friday, May 16th to pre-register, and lock up your current teachers and lesson times for the 2014-15 school year, or get an early place in the queue for a new day and time that works for next year.

DANCE STUDENTS: Your teachers will send home a schedule with recommended classes for the fall circled. Some classes, including Pre Ballet, Ballet Basics, Ballet/Jazz 1, Teen Jazz/Ballet, and Adult Jazz/Ballet classes have limited availability and can fill up quickly.

In either case, please register early if you can. It helps us get a head start on our administrative work for the new school year and it's just nice to get a few tuition payments in early to help with summer construction plans (Did we mention we are expanding again, taking over a new, dedicated art space?). = )

The new schedule is available at the Arts Center or online, starting today. Shoot us an email or call if you have any questions. Thanks!

2014 Summer Dance Intensive!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 02/07/14.

Join us this summer and learn from some of the most incredible and inspirational choreographers and instructors we've come across in our many years of doing what we do! Our summer dance program just keeps getting better. Come be a part of it on June 9-13 and 16-20!

This summer's intensive will feature long-time friends and favorites like Marc Wayne (Paseo Academy of the Arts, The Culture House) and Cheryl Cutlip (Project Dance, The Rockettes), and some new faces, like Misty Rasconsmith (Word In Motion, Pink, Christina Aguilera) and Justin Urso (Texas Ballet Theatre, West Side Story)

Both weeks of our intensive (June 9-13 and June 16-20) will include an intense 5 1/2 hour daily schedule of ballet, jazz, hip-hop, lyrical, contemporary, modern, and theatrical classes, with lots of opportunities to learn new choreography, push yourself, and benefit from the varied personal experience of this amazing group of dancers, teachers, and choreographers. In addition to being talented performers and teachers, these guests are all incredible role models and mentors. You will be inspired and changed.

Classes are available for both intermediate (at least two years of ballet) and advanced (at least three years on pointe) levels. Tuition is $300 per week or $500 for both. The intensive is 100% open to students outside of our studio, although space is limited and housing is not included.

Download the brochure for more information about the schedule, instructors, and cost. Email or call if you have any questions and check out complete bios for this year's instructors on our Programs & Instructors page. We'd love to see you there!

Rebecca Marr's Student Photos Are Available!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 04/30/14.

The pictures that Rebecca Marr took the first week of March are available on her web site for review and purchase. Unless you were absent that week, all of our dance students (and quite a few music students) had their pictures taken, perhaps in several different costumes and with a variety of classes. Check those out when you can, and order a bunch!

To access those photos:
  1. Visit Rebecca's web site.
  2. Create an account or, if you already have one, sign in.
  3. Select the "Trinity Arts Center 2013-2014" gallery. There is no access code.
  4. Order online OR schedule an in-person ordering appointment where you can see product samples in Rebecca's studio.
If you have any questions, please contact Rebecca.

BONUS: Order by May 10 and receive 20% off of your order!

View updates for the 2013-2014 school year.